An internal source from Microsoft told me that a new Service Pack for Sharepoint 2003 will be available for download after the summer. However, there are not many details available about what will be fixed in this SP, but most probably some issues like file upload for example.
Right now, when someone is uploading a file in Sharepoint, the whole file is first loaded into the servers memory, before storing into the database. Especially when many people are uploading big files, the memory of the server will boost up to a huge level. Details about what will be the solution for this are not available. Maybe partial file upload, which also eliminates the limit of the files size that a user can upload (supported till 50mb)?
Personally, the biggest problems I have with the current version, is the inconsistant CSS style usage. Ofcourse there is a huge amount of styles available in the different style sheets. However, the deeper you get into the pages, the more weird things will come up. For example, when you get into a list, styles are hardcoded defined in the HTML code, which makes it impossible to apply (good) custom style on it, especially in the list actions and list views menu’s.
<TABLE style=”margin-left: 3px” width=115px cellpadding=0 cellspacing=2 BORDER=0>
<!– Syles in html, inconsistant usage of quotes. –>
<TD width=100% ID=”L_SelectView” class= “ms-pvtbt”>Select a View</TD>
<!– Inconsistant usage of upper- and lowercase –>
<table width=100% cellpadding=1 cellspacing=0 border=0>
<td style=’padding-left: 6px;padding-bottom: 2px’ width=100%>
<!– again styles in html, this time with single quotes –>
<table border=0 cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0 width=100%>
<!– and so on… –>
I’m very curious what they will do with this problem and if anyone can give me more information about this new SP, I will be gratefull forever!